Ecology and Planning Museums for Tianjin, China, by Steven Holl Architects

Steven Holl Architects have won the competition to design the new Ecology and Planning Museums in Tianjin, China. These will be the first structures in a cultural district planned for a new eco-city being built on the tide flats of Bohai Bay (south of Beijing) to home 350,000 inhabitants. Consisting of equal volumes of 20,000 square-feet each connected by a subterranean tunnel, the two buildings seek to interpret the yin and yang concept: the Planning Museum is conceived as the negative, or subtractive space, to the Ecology Museum’s positive, or additive characteristic.